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May 17, 2015 at 2pm UK at Stadio Sant'Elia
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Result: Palermo confirm Cagliari's relegation

Franco Vazquez scores the only goal of the game as Palermo beat Cagliari 1-0 to relegate Gianluca Festa's side.

Cagliari have been relegated from Serie A after losing 1-0 to Palermo in this afternoon's must-win clash at Stadio Sant'Elia.

Franco Vazquez's goal after nine minutes did the damage as the Rossoblu bow out of Italy's top-flight after a 10-year stay.

Franco Vazquez of Palermo celebrated the goal 0-1 during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Sant'Elia on May 17, 2015© Getty Images

Having won two and drawn one of Gianluca Festa's first four games in charge following Zdenek Zeman's resignation in April, Cagliari had preserved their hopes of survival in recent weeks.

However, dropped points were not an option on an afternoon which began with Paul-Jose M'Poku firing agonisingly wide after five minutes.

Diego Farias's blocked piledriver raised pulses among the away fans shortly after, yet the visiting supporters went from nervous to jubilant within minutes as Vazquez fired Palermo ahead.

Festa's charges responded resiliently but spurned two glorious chances shortly after falling behind, with Danilo Avelar firing wide after Stefano Sorrentino denied Duje Cop in a one-on-one.

Sorrentino reproduced those heroics with a fine save to keep out Farias before the break in what proved Cagliari's last clear-cut opportunity.

On 74 minutes, Robin Quaison could have confirmed Cagliari's relegation, but miss did not prove costly as Palermo condemned their opponents to Serie B next season.

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